Fighting Like the Devil for the Sake of God Protestants, Catholics and the Origins of Violence in Victorian Belfast

by Mark Doyle

Fighting Like the Devil for the Sake of God Protestants, Catholics and the Origins of Violence in Victorian Belfast Synopsis

This fascinating book about Belfast in the middle of the nineteenth century looks at how and why Ireland's most prosperous and industrialized town began to tear itself apart. This study provides a vivid example of how a society can come apart at the seams - and how it can stay that way for generations. Through a series of steadily escalating riots, working-class Protestants and Catholics forged a tradition of violence that profoundly shaped their own identities and that of the city itself, setting the stage for the bitter conflicts of the next century. Fighting like the Devil for the Sake of God describes that foundational moment, offering a new analysis of Belfast's violence that is rooted in the social lives of those who constructed this bitter rivalry and those who were forced to endure it. This book will be of interest to scholars in the fields of Irish and Modern History. -- .

Fighting Like the Devil for the Sake of God Protestants, Catholics and the Origins of Violence in Victorian Belfast Press Reviews

This is a significant and original study that should have a profound influence on how historians understand the evolution and meanings of violence in Ulster. The book is engagingly written, deftly integrates a broad range of historical and cultural sources and provides a new historical, and no doubt controversial, narrative and analysis that is bound to engage the attentions of historians, cultural analysts and students for quite some time to come. --Professor Maria Luddy, University of Warwick This is a significant and original study that should have a profound influence on how historians understand the evolution and meanings of violence in Ulster. The book is engagingly written, deftly integrates a broad range of historical and cultural sources and provides a new historical, and no doubt controversial, narrative and analysis that is bound to engage the attentions of historians, cultural analysts and students for quite some time to come. --Professor Maria Luddy, University of Warwick As a case study the book is valuable for indicating how memories of communal violence helped to create traditions of violence that in turn precipitated future occurrences. A landmark volume in exploring the spatial geography of sectarianism in its urban dimension...summing up: Essential. -- CHOICE

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719079535
Publication date: 1st April 2009
Author: Mark Doyle
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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Mark Doyle is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University -- .

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